Maryland Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

What term is used in the Maryland anti-bullying laws?

Bullying, harassment, or intimidation.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.  

What groups are listed under Maryland state law?

The groups listed under Maryland state law include:

  • Race
  • National origin
  • Marital status
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Religion
  • Ancestry
  • Physical attribute
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Familial status
  • Physical or mental ability or disability

 

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Is there a state model policy I can use to create anti-bullying policies at my school or district?

A state model policy is available at the Maryland Department of Education Site exit disclaimer.

Which of the key components can be found in Maryland anti-bullying laws and policies?

Key ComponentsPresent in Maryland State LawsPresent in Maryland Model Policy

DEFINITIONS

Purpose

YES

YES

Scope

YES

YES

Prohibited Behavior

YES

YES

Enumerated Groups

YES

YES

DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT

District Policy

YES

N/A

District Policy Review

YES

N/A

DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS

Definitions

YES

N/A

Reporting

YES

YES

Investigations

YES

YES

Written Records

YES

YES

Consequences

YES

YES

Mental Health

YES

YES

ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS

Communications

YES

YES

Training/Prevention

YES

YES

Transparency/Monitoring

YES

YES

Legal Remedies

YES

NO

NOTE: Click on the Key Components links to get more information about that component.

What are the Maryland state laws that cover bullying?

For More Information

See “Bullying Prevention Site exit disclaimer” from the Maryland Department of Education.
Information for this page was developed from “Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies – December 2011” (U.S. Department of Education).